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Giro d’Italia 2020 – 5 Things You Need To Know About The Giro

Giro d’Italia 2020 – 5 Things You Need To Know About The Giro

– Just like the Tour de France
route announcement last week the Giro d’Italia launch
is hotly anticipated. Those with Grand Tour
ambitions will look closely at the route, pick apart
the decisive stages and will then select
their training schedule depending on which Grand
Tour suits them best. With the Tour de France
now going through a route that perhaps suits modern
cycling and the way it’s going, only one stage over
200 kilometres, gravel, one short mountain time
trial on the penultimate day. Plenty of climbing right from the off. Has the Giro followed suit or gone in a completely
different direction? Well, it’s gone it’s own way. We have five things you need
to know about the 2020 route. (upbeat music) So here it is in all it’s glory. The 2020 Giro d’Italia
total 3,579.8 kilometres, kicking off in the Hungarian
capital of Budapest for the Grande Partenza on the 9th of May with a short 8.6 kilometre time trot. It will be the 14th time
that the Giro has started outside of Italy and the
peloton will tackle three stages before transferring to
Sicily for stage four. Interestingly with no
rest date in between. There could potentially be
some logistical considerations for the teams with regards
to moving of equipment. The opening time trial
features a four percent uphill to the finish but it’s unlikely to trouble the likes of Tom Dumoulin and Rohan Dennis who could be licking
their lips in anticipation of a spell in the Maglia Rosa, which brings us to our first point. (upbeat music) There are a total of 58.8
time trialing kilometres in the 2020 Giro, spread
across three stages. The opening stage as we’ve mentioned next. We have stage 14, a gently
undulating 33.7 kilometres from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene, a region famed for it’s prosecco. Finally stage 21 is no procession. It’s a 16.5 kilometre time trial through the streets of Milan which will have the GC contenders fighting right up until the very end. Although, we shouldn’t expect
to see massive time gains given it’s relatively short length. It will be the 77th time that the Corsa Rosa finishes in Milan. It will be interesting to see
whether time trial specialists like Tom Dumoulin and Geraint Thomas fancy their chances on
this route next year. Dumoulin has started the last
four editions of the Giro, having it won the overall back in 2017, after reclaiming the leaders jersey from Nairo Quintana on the final stage, which incidentally was also
a time trial into Milan. (upbeat music) At just shy of 3,600
kilometres this is set to be one of the longest editions
of the Giro in recent memory. In fact, in the last 20 years only the 2017 edition was longer. While the Tour de France
in 2020 will feature just one stage in excess
of 200 kilometres, the Giro will have ten of them. The longest of which comes on stage 19, a massive 251 kilometres
from Morbegno to Asti. It’s going to make for some
long days in the saddle. Particularly, when we
come to the high mountains in the final week of the race. Speaking of mountains,
lets see what’s in store for the climbers in next years Giro. There will be a total
of eight summit finishes and the first mountain test
comes in the first week. As they transfer to Sicily
from the Grande Partenza. In Hungary, stage five will
see the see the riders climb to Mount Etna from the northern side. The road to Piano Provenzana
is 18.2 kilometres, an average is 6.8%. It will be short of a stern early test. The day after the time trial on stage 14, the race heads to another
summit finish at Piancavallo, before the final rest day, an
absolutely brutal final week. Stage 17 features more than
5,000 meters of climbing, from Bassano del Grappa
to Madonna di Campiglio. A climb last used in 2015, with that stage going to Mikel Landa. The highest point on the 2020 Giro route comes the following day on stage 18. After a brutal climb straight
out of the blocks Pinzolo, the riders will take on the
formidable Stelvio pass. Standing at 2,758 meters, the
snow-lined route to the summit is an iconic Giro image. We can only hope that
the weather holds out so we can enjoy it in all its glory. It will be the tenth time that the Stelvio takes the accolade of the Cima Coppi. After a long descent, the finale remains in the Stelvio
National Park with the climb to Laghi Di Cancano which was
used in the 2019 Giro Rossa. Probably the queen
stage of this years race will be the penultimate one. Stage 20 starts in Alba
and climbs all the way to Colle dell’Agnello at 2,744 meteres, before descending into France and climbing the Col d’Izoard and the Montgenèvre. The final climb to Sestriere
is 11.4 kilometres at 6% and will be the final
climb of the 2020 Giro. (upbeat music) Defending champion Richard Carapaz has now moved from Movistar to Ineos. Clearly, the pack attack formula at the Spanish team wasn’t working. But with both Quintana and Landa moving on and with a number of Grand Tour winners and contenders at Ineos, would he have been better
to stay where he was? Regardless, the altitude
meters in the final week will suit him and he’ll have plenty of strong teammates to call on. Recent history is not in
the Ecuadorians favor. However, the last rider
to successfully defend the Maglia Rosa was
Miguel Induráin in 1993. Geraint Thomas. Tour de France winner in
2018, runner-up in 2019. But looking, at the growing number of Grand Tour riders in his team, especially with Bernal and
Froome eyeing the tour, might Ineos opt for a Thomas,
Carapaz duo here at the Giro? Next up. Can Tom Dumoulin recapture
the magic at Jumbo-Visma or again will it be a
case of too many chiefs? Looking at the route,
the Giro again looks like it could be better suited to Dumoulin. He was looking good for the 2019 Giro. But after crashing on stage four, the subsequent knee
injuries he’s sustained plaguing the rest of his season. If he goes for it again, next year it would be the fifth year in a row that Dumoulin rides the Giro. Jumbo-Visma of course also have both Primož Roglič and Steven Kruijswijk. But you would think that
both of those riders would fancy their chances
at the Tour de France. The Yates brothers, Adam or Simon? Simon Yates of course was
something quite extraordinary in the 2018 Giro until
Chris Froome robbed away and ultimately took the overall. Simon clearly loves the Giro, so I’m going with him over Adam. He changed his style in 2019. He was more controlled and more reserved but is that the right tactic for him? Maybe like Alaphilippe
that the tours best tactic might just be shock and awe. Attack when you feel like
it, if it works, it works. If it doesn’t, you go away a hero anyway. Of course we also have the
likes of Vincenzo Nibali, now at Trek-Segafredo. That pulls Mikel Landa at Bahrain-Merida and many more besides. (upbeat music) He’s a triple world champion, has seven Tour de France
green jerseys in his closet, but somehow we’ve never seen Peter Sagan on the Giro d’Italia start list. However, that’s all set to change in 2020. He was among the attendees at
the route unveiling in Milan and he looks likely to make
his Giro debut next year. According to the organizers, there are six stages for the sprinters and seven of medium difficulty. As he’s shown at the tour, Sagan is not only very
consistent over three weeks but incredibly versatile
on a variety of terrain. You certainly wouldn’t bet against him bagging at least a stage win
at the first time of asking. If the rumors are true of course. So, in summary. Three time trials, six
stages for the sprinters, seven intermediate stages and
five high mountain stages. All starting on Saturday 9th May 2020. We can’t wait. What do you think of
next years Giro route? Who do you think might have a shot of winning the pink jersey? As always let us know your thoughts in the comments down below. For another video, check out
this weeks racing news show where we take a look at the
2020 Tour de France route in a little more detail. I’ll see you soon. Bye for now.

44 comments on “Giro d’Italia 2020 – 5 Things You Need To Know About The Giro

  1. Yep, Cant't wait till the new season starts in Australia and then the Giro in May with the kick off of the Grand Tours.

  2. The 5 things you need to know:
    1) The route
    2) The start list
    3) The dates and times
    4) The broadcaster
    5) The riders GCN are predicti- cursing pre-race.

  3. I feel like each Grand Tour should try to be different but good, just like each Monument.

    The Giro can have lots of TT kilometres, and lots of long stages with mountains throughout.
    The Tour can be a race for 'all' riders, with mountains in blocks, more sprint stages than the others, hilly stages, cobble stages every couple of years, and a moderate amount of Time Trialing.
    The Vuelta can be brutal with endless climbs.

    Each race has a different feel, and favours different riders.

  4. I think the Tour fits the Yates brothers way better than the Giro next year. Due to the altitudes and some enormous long climbs the Giro might be very interesting for the Colombians. Probably Uran, due to his solid TT skills.

  5. I like this route, but I think that the organizers should add more frequently one stage that copies the characteristics of the strade bianche. Imagine that stage compined with the weather of may… EPIC

  6. I like it! Long stages, a brutal third week and the right amount of time trials! I'm totally excited to see who will win and i think Geraint Thomas could be the man to beat!

  7. Interesting that the Giro has decided to go the other way to the Tour by keeping longer stages and TTing. Especially when in recent years its been the short steep stages at La Vuelta that have been the most popular and best to watch also less TT miles, especially TT miles on flat roads has been the trend and how they've decided to go with the Tour. My perfect Grand Tour would be loads of climbing stages 14ish especially mountain top finishes say 9 of those but a couple finishing a few Km after the decent, then 5 of so sprint stages being fairly short by Grand Tour standards at 180ish km but on very flat but very exposed and open roads hoping for crosswinds with 2 TTs one short 20km and flat and 1 longer at 50km with a decent short but steep climb in it. Maybe have a team TT to open but I'd love to see a first stage, just once to try it, with about 150km and a couple cat 1 or HC climbs finishing with a very short but very steep climb at the end of it so a Tour starts with some biggish gaps, breaking up the field straight away. I also think this might help prevent some of those stupid crashes we see in many first weeks where riders seem to switch off or are trying so hard to stay safe and in a good position that they end up crashing.

  8. With Dumoulin eyeing the Olympics, I could see him going for the Giro win and being a super domestique at the TdF.

  9. My favourite GT. I hope this one is for Bernal and I hope he leaves the Tour to Froome, Thomas or Carapaz or whoever

  10. This is a proper course for a grand tour, it looks smashing. Pity the Tour de France trying to be ‘relevant to the modern age’.

  11. I really can wait for the Giro. We have the Cross season and the spring classics before that and those are so much more fun than these in the last 8 years super boring richest team gets the win 3-weekers.

  12. The mountain stages are long but too “soft” to suit climbers properly. None of the passes is steeper than 7% on average. It looks like the Tour se France mountain stages which are long but rather “flat”. A bit disappointing since hard steep climbs are a characteristic of the Giro (Zoncolan, Colle San Carlo,… in the last editions) and are part of the reason why the Giro is more interesting than the Tour.

  13. It will be interesting to see who lines up for the Giro. Not sure who will win but excited to see it unfold.
    Also I am going to try to catch a stage in person!!!!!! Visiting Europe in the end of May and wondering which of these stages to catch. Any tips on checking out a grand tour from the roadside???

  14. I also look forward to the Giro most of all the Grand Tours. I wish the start was a bit more hilly, but the route looks exciting. I just hope it isn't one that is so hard that everyone ends up just waiting until the final kilometres of the final climb on each stage to make a move.

  15. Perhaps you could let them know there seems to be an error on the dates of Stage 13 🙂

  16. Tour 2020 lacks TT distance, good for Bernal and other climbers, but it also lacks high altitude long climbs. Tour 2020 is definitely more suited for explosive climbers and attackers. I see Pinot and Alaphilippe ahead of everyone else there, coincidentally both French ….and then Roglic if he is allowed to enter.

  17. Bernal would have immediately switched to the Giro 2020, with so many mountain stages and high altitude long climbs, if it weren't for 3 TT stages. Now he and Ineos will have to wager every pro and con.

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